Procedure for Reviewing Manuscripts (for reviewers)

Procedure for Reviewing Manuscripts Received by the Editorial Board of the Scholarly Journal Heritage of Centuries (Nasledie Vekov) (Instructions for Reviewers)


Requirements for the Review Content


1. The review should be written using a special form, with all negative and positive aspects of the manuscript detailed on the back side.

2. Reviewing is confidential: the manuscript is sent on to the Reviewer without any information about the authors. The Reviewers are to know that the manuscripts they receive are the intellectual property of the authors and are not to be disclosed. The breach of confidentiality is only possible if the Reviewer informs about unreliability or falsification of the material presented in the manuscript. The Reviewers are not allowed to make copies of the manuscript to meet their own needs, as well as to have any other person review some part of the manuscript without the permission of the editors. The Reviewers have no right to take advantage of their awareness of the content of the manuscript before its publication.

3. The review should include expert analysis of the manuscript material and its objective well-founded evaluation and clearly justified recommendations.

4. The review should cover the following:
• Compliance of the manuscript content with its title.
• Analysis of the relevance and scholarly character of the manuscript justified by citing contemporary literature on the topic, including foreign sources, conformity to modern research methods and discussing the data obtained with those already published in authoritative scientific journals in the past 5–10 years.
• Quality of the manuscript preparation: evaluation of the manuscript readiness for publication in terms of language and style. The language, style, material layout, visualization of tables, diagrams, figures and formulae should be clear and understandable for the target reader.
• Scientific character of presentation, compliance of approaches, methods, recommendations and investigation results used by the author with modern advances in science.
• The availability of modern statistical methods of analysis for processing the obtained research results.
• Adequacy and efficiency of the manuscript volume (text, illustrated material, reference list), either in whole or in part. Appropriateness of the illustrated material used in the manuscript and its relevance to the presented topic.
• Presence or absence of plagiarism: whether the manuscript duplicates papers published previously (either in whole or in part).
• The Reviewer makes a conclusion about the possibility of publication: “Accepted”, “Considered Acceptable with Revisions” or “Rejected”.

5. The comments and suggestions of the Reviewer should be objective, critical and fair, aimed at improving the scholarly value of the manuscript.

6. In its final part, the review should contain well-founded conclusions about the manuscript as a whole and a clear recommendation about its appropriateness or the need to finalize it. In case of negative evaluation of the manuscript as a whole (if it is considered inappropriate), the Reviewer should justify his/her conclusions.

7. The maximum time frame for peer reviewing is not more than 45 days.

8. The Reviewer is responsible for evaluating the work.

This Procedure was approved by Prof. Irina I. Gorlova, Editor-in-Chief of the Scholarly Journal Heritage of Centuries (Nasledie Vekov), on 29 December 2019.